A dish synonymous with Vietnam, nothing sums up the country’s culinary tradition quite like pho. Pronounced ‘fuh’, this fragrant noodle soup is generously topped with fresh sprouts and herbs before being slurped down by the spoonful, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether you’re a seasoned pho pro or you’re new to this dish, there’s no shortage of great places to dig in to this world-famous meal when visiting Vietnam.
Want to know where to find the best bowls in the country? From Hanoi’s famous street stalls to Ho Chi Minh City’s cosmopolitan restaurants, PARKROYAL Saigon‘s guide to Vietnam’s best pho has you covered.
Phở Hòa Pasteur
260C Pasteur Street, Phường 8, Hồ Chí Minh City
As well known for big portions as it is for big flavours, Pho Hoa Pasteur is a staple for soup lovers in Ho Chi Minh City – but its reputation stretches well beyond the borders of Vietnam. Acting as an inspiration for pho outlets across the globe, there’s no way you can go wrong when choosing a dish off this restaurant’s diverse menu – from the tender morsels of beef in the special Pho Dac Biet Du Thu to the fresh flavours of the chicken-based Pho Ga.
413 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường 7, Hồ Chí Minh City
Reputed by many to be the best pho in Ho Chi Minh City, the steaming bowls of Pho Bo at this locally loved institution are worth braving the crowds for. If the throngs of hungry residents and tourists don’t lead you there, the oversized neon sign and beckoning aromas are sure to steer you in the right direction.
293B, Trần Hưng Đạo, Phường Cô Giang, Hồ Chí Minh City
If you already consider yourself to be a pho aficionado, try something new at Pho Quynh. While it still has all the typical varieties of the dish on offer, it’s most famous for its Pho Bo Kho – an alternative take on the classic that combines generous strips of rare beef and rice noodles in a flavourful, tomato-based broth.
Pho Gia Truyen
49 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
Had your fill of pho in Ho Chi Minh City? Take a trip to Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where street stalls and restaurants serve up a version of a dish completely different to their counterparts in the south. Less focused on fresh herbs and more generous with chilli, the complex flavours of a Hanoi-style pho are best sampled at Pho Gia Truyen, where steaming bowls of Pho Tai and Pho Chin are known to sell out before noon.
Quan Pho Thin
Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh City
If you happen to miss out during Pho Gia Truyen’s morning rush, plan to have lunch at Quan Pho Thinh instead, where generous bowls of soup brim with chicken, beef and handmade noodles. While the building itself lacks décor, the rich-coloured pho and its bright accompaniments of pickled chilli and fresh lime are the only embellishments this steadfast institution needs.
Pho Thin Ha Noi
13 Lò Đúc, Phạm Đình Hồ, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội City
Want to sample a northern-style pho without the two-hour plane trip? Head to Pho Thin Ha Noi in Ho Chi Minh City’s east end. Specialising in the bolder flavours that the country’s north has become known for, this popular restaurant is also conveniently located near the famous Ben Thanh Market, where even more Vietnamese delicacies await.
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